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Veterinary Clinical Studies Provide Hope for Pet Owners
It can be devastating when your pet receives a poor medical diagnosis. However, the opportunity to participate in a clinical study may help your pet’s outcome. As in human health, clinical studies can provide hope for a better quality of life for your pet while advancing veterinary medicine. Cummings School has many opportunities for companion animals to participate in clinical studies, which allow veterinarians to investigate and develop more effective diagnostic and treatment options for various disease conditions.
February 9, 2015
12/13/2013 - Medford/Somerville, Mass. - Lisa Freeman, Professor of Clinical Sciences at the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, brought her dog to help students take a study break at Tisch Library on December 13, 2013. (Alonso Nichols/Tufts University)

It can be devastating when your pet receives a poor medical diagnosis. However, the opportunity to participate in a clinical study may help your pet’s outcome. As in human health, clinical studies can provide hope for a better quality of life for your pet while advancing veterinary medicine. Cummings School has many opportunities for companion animals to participate in clinical studies, which allow veterinarians to investigate and develop more effective diagnostic and treatment options for various disease conditions. Learn more about ongoing clinical studies perhaps your family pet could benefit from Cummings School’s ongoing commitment to finding new medical treatments and cures for life-threatening diseases.

As an academic veterinary medical center, the faculty and staff at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine are constantly exploring new scientific breakthroughs that have the potential to improve quality of life for your pet by providing them with diagnostics and treatments that are still exploratory and otherwise not available. This may take the form of a drug, newly developed medical device, procedure, or a behavioral change, such as diet.

Participation in a clinical study is completely voluntarily and may offer several benefits. Clinical studies not only provide access to cutting edge approaches, but also provide hope when there are few other options for treatment, and may offer your pet a better quality of life or even additional years to live. In addition to the direct benefits of participating in a clinical study, you will feel good knowing that your pet is ultimately contributing to the future of veterinary medicine.

So how safe are clinical studies, you may ask? Your Foster Hospital veterinary specialist may present a clinical study to you as an option when discussing an option plan. Rest assured, your pet will only be enrolling after discussing all options and securing your consent first. And, Cummings School only enrolls patients in studies when initial research indicates that the treatment is safe with little or no risk to them and that the treatment shows promise to be more effective than current treatment protocols. Before enrollment, you will be notified of any potential risks, and at any time throughout the study, our staff is always available to address your questions or concerns.

Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine offers numerous clinical trials for clients of its teaching hospitals. Your pet will receive care from a highly specialized support team including a Principal Investigator (PI), a co-PI and a dedicated veterinary technician, who will monitor your pet’s health very closely.

Your Cummings School veterinarian can provide you with information on enrolling in any of our trials or feel free to ask your primary care veterinarian if there may be a study appropriate for your pet’s disease or condition. We are committed to sharing with you all you need to know about your pet’s treatment options, what you can expect, along with ensuring your pet receives the most comprehensive and compassionate care throughout the treatment period.

Learn more about the types of trials we are currently conducting by browsing our complete list.